Sandgren says ‘joke’ preparation behind first-round exit

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An annoyed Tennys Sandgren stated his preparation for the Australian Open was a “joke” which going through tough quarantine in the leadup provided him no opportunity versus Alex De Minaur as he crashed out of the preliminary in 3 sets on Tuesday.

Previous quarter-finalist Sandgren was amongst the 72 gamers not able to train throughout their 14-day quarantine prior to the Grand Slam due to the fact that they were considered close contacts to individuals who evaluated favorable for COVID-19 on their flights into Australia.

Other gamers had the ability to train for as much as 5 hours a day, consisting of Australian De Minaur, who romped to a 7-5 6-1 6-1 win over the American.

“How would you imagine prepping for a hot kind of muggy day, three-out-of-five sets against a player like that, that calibre, when you can’t play tennis?” Sandgren informed press reporters.

“I mean, it’s just kind of a joke of preparation. What are you going to do?”

“I lost my calluses, so my hands were blistering playing an hour of tennis today in humid conditions. Like, stupid.”

It was an eventful month for Sandgren, who was approved unique approval to board a chartered flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne in spite of screening favorable for the brand-new coronavirus previously that week.

Sandgren stated on social networks he had actually evaluated favorable in November, and the later favorable outcome was then reclassified as “viral shedding” from a historic infection.

Sandgren likewise triggered a stir on social networks throughout his match versus De Minaur as he advance to hammer a shot into the Australian’s body when he may have pressed a simple winner into an open court.

“That’s just frustration from Sandgren, taking it out,” four-times Grand Slam champ Jim Carrier stated in commentary for Channel 9.

“I’m not sure Alex would have seen the humour in that one.”

Previous ladies’s champ Angelique Kerber and Spain’s Paula Badosa, the only gamer to check favorable for COVID-19, likewise blamed insufficient preparations for their preliminary exits.

“I don’t know, I wouldn’t say the whole tournament is a joke, but for some players it’s not feasible,” stated Sandgren.

“It’s just not feasible.”

(Modifying by Peter Rutherford)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.